Grand Island axe throwing business finds success in pandemic, expands to Kearney
KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The owners of Axe Holes, an axe throwing facility in Grand Island, are already hard at work to open up a new location in Kearney just eight months after opening their original business.
They have found the pandemic is not slowing them down and people are wanting to come out and see what it is all about. With axe throwing growing in popularity around the country, owner Eric Christensen found he wanted to bring the trend to his hometown of Grand Island after trying it on a business trip. Having a new activity in the area that is for all ages it is quickly becoming a favorite.
“We’ve seen the community of Grand Island has really responded well to that axe throwing location,” Christensen said. “They have a great time and the biggest excitement for us is to see the community come in and leave with a huge smile on their face.”
They started during the summer of 2020 and even with the previous limitations on capacity people have welcomed a chance to play a new game.
“It was kind of 10 customers at a time and then 50% and then 100% so we were able to ease into that business opening. Really it hasn’t negatively affected us to the point that we regret opening the business,” Christensen said.
Now that they have found their groove, they noticed about 12% of their customers were driving from Kearney to throw axes. Christensen said he wanted to open an axe throwing place in town before someone else did. He hopes to create leagues in both cities and other specials to bring in students from the college. He says giving people a break from the worries outside and having a fun thing to do is part of why he enjoys axe throwing so much.
“In Grand Island we see that every weekend. We’ve got repeat customers that are back in every weekend, every other weekend you get hooked,” Christensen said.
They hope Kearney will love throwing axes as much as Grand Island has this year. The goal is to have the new location open around the end of the month.
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